Plaikni Falls Trail

Plaikni Falls Trail – Crater Lake National Park

Difficulty: Easy and Wheelchair passable except last section

Length: 1 mi (1.6 km) out and back

Elevation gain: 125 ft

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Trailhead coordinates:

Latitude: N +42° 54.07 or 42.9013

Longitude: W -122° 3.45 or -122.0575

Altitude: 6404 ft (1952 m)

Trail Description
A relatively new trail that has quickly become one of the most popular at Crater Lake National Park. It’s called the Plaikni Falls Trail, and it leads to a lush waterfall that, until recently, few people knew existed. The trail is an easy walk and can be completed in an hour—but you might want to linger longer to enjoy the wildflowers that flourish near the spray. The trail starts from a small parking lot along the Pinnacles Road, a spur road off the East Rim Drive. In 2012, the trail will be open as snow conditions allow, probably from early July through late October. See pages 4-5 for trail details and a map. “Plaikni” is a Klamath Indian word meaning “from the high country.” The falls, which tumble over a glacier-carved cliff, originate at a spring nearly 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) above sea level. As you enjoy the falls, please stay on the trail to protect the fragile streamside vegetation.

Related Maps

Digital USGS topographic maps (PDF files) – the following maps are relevant to the Anderson Bluffs trail. See more Crater Lake Institute online USGS digital maps.

Series Name Year Scale Contour Interval File Size 
USGS 7.5′ Crater Lake East 1985 1:24,000 40 ft usgs-crater-lake-east-7.5
USGS 7.5′ Pothole Butte 1985 1:24,000 40 ft usgs-pothole-butte-7.5
USGS 30′ x 60′ Crater Lake 1989 1:100,000 50 m usgs-crater-lake-30-minute
USGS 30′ x 60′ Diamond Lake 1978 1:100,000 50 m usgs-diamond-lake-30-minute
USGS 1° x 2° Klamath Falls 1970 1:250,000 200 ft usgs-klamath-falls-1-2
USGS 1° x 2° Medford 1976 1:250,000 200 ft usgs-medford-1-2
USGS 1° x 2° Roseburg 1970 1:250,000 200 ft usgs-roseburg-1-2


Please remember to practice “leave no trace outdoor ethics” when you are out on Crater Lake National Park’s trails…and have fun!